Remember yesterday when we noted that some outlets were making noise about an email circulating amongst Mormons calling for a day of prayer and fasting up to the election? Well, CNN is making a BIG deal out of it.
I got news for all you incredulous people out there. Eric Metaxsis, author of the massively well selling bio of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, keynoter at this year’s national prayer breakfast, made pretty much the same call to ALL Christians yesterday at the Anaheim, CA Prayer Breakfast and repeated it on Hugh Hewitt’s show yesterday afternoon. In fact, Metaxsis, one upped our Mormon friends who called for a day – Metaxsis called for 40 days (the flood, Jesus in the wilderness…) of prayer and fasting leading up to the convention – and conveniently yesterday was 40 days from the election.
I don’t know why this Mormon email is news other than reporters are out their and they just like to say “Mormon” like a child learning a new word. People of faith have been calling for prayer and fasting at critical times in their national history since there were nations. Does the press want to deny this is a critical time? What election isn’t critical? Why would this email make news when Metaxsis, a nationally known figure, saying the exact same thing not? Likely because Metaxsis is not Mormon, don’t you think. This is just silly.
I am forced to wonder if the reporters here knew that Mormons prayed. There is not a hair’s breadth of difference between Mormons and conventional Christianity on this point. This is a big one and prayer is a good idea in a situation like this. If that astonishes reporters, so be it, but it does not astonish the rest of us.